Be Green When You Clean!

Sep 07 2011

Most store-bought house cleaning products are not only expensive but also hazardous to our environment and our health. Here will discuss a number of natural house cleaning alternatives that are both effective and safe.

Streak-Free Windows and Mirrors

In a spray bottle mix: 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 gallon of water

Use newspaper instead of paper towel to wipe surface to prevent streaking

Viola! A green solution to get your windows and mirrors clean!

Wood Floor and Surface Cleaner

(Vinegar-based solution)

In a bucket or spray bottle mix: 1/2 cup of white vinegar (or lemon juice), 1 gallon of warm water

This product is effective and safe but overtime the acidity can wear down the finish on the floors. One way to ensure a longer lasting finish is to wipe down any extra moisture after cleaning.

(Essential Oil* based solution)

In a bucket or spray bottle mix: 8-10 drops of any essential oil (such as lavender oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus…) 1 gallon of warm water

This is a great alternative, which has no long-term negative effect on your floors.

* Essential oils are natural antibacterials

Oven Grim Remover

In a bowl mix: 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of warm water, 1 cup of salt

Mix above ingredients into a paste. Apply paste to oven and let it sit  for a few hours. Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe away the residue.

Natural Drain-O

1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, 1 gallon boiling water

A) Pour dry baking soda followed by vinegar down the drain.

B) plug immediately as mixing these two ingredients will cause a strong chemical reaction (think grade school volcano science experiment).

C) Leave it for 15-30 minutes.

D) Uncover and slowly pour the hot water down the drain.

*Note this solution can be used in sinks, showers and, toilets!

Porcelain and Tile Cleaner: Bathroom & Kitchen For a disinfectant mix the following ingredients in a reusable spray bottle: 2 cups water, 3 Tbs liquid soap, 20-30 drops of tea tree oil

For stains, mildew, and greasy streaks: 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda                                                                                      

A) mix in a spray bottle.                                                                                  B) apply to tile or porcelain surface                                                                 C) rise with warm water.

These are quick and easy to make green alternatives which are not only friendly to the environment but to your pocket as well!

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